The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has announced the winners of the 2012 safety awards at the Safety Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the association’s 100th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona in April.

Each year, the CGA pays tribute to its members and their dedication in making the industry safer for employees, distributors, and the public.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the CGA added 10 additional one-time award categories, recognising 16 members for their service to the industry.

The Leonard Parker Pool Award,
sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., are presented annually to the participating CGA member companies that have recorded the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years.

There are three divisions of the award based on employee exposure hours.

· Group 1: Over five million employee exposure hours – Won by Matheson

· Group 2: Over 750,000 to under five million employee exposure hours – Won by Ikaria

· Group 3: 750,000 or less employee exposure hours – Won by Voltaix, LLC

The Fleet Safety Excellence Award, sponsored by Praxair, Inc., were created in 1988 to recognise outstanding safety performance among the industry’s bulk and cylinder truck delivery fleets. There are four categories for this award, two each for Bulk Vehicle Fleets and Cylinder Vehicle Fleets.

Cylinder Gas Transportation:

· Less than three million miles – Won by Ikaria

· More than three million miles – Won by Airgas, Inc.

Bulk Gas Transportation:

· Less than 20 million miles – Won by Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.

· More than 20 million miles – Won by Airgas, Inc.

The Charles H. Glasier Safety Award,
sponsored by American Air Liquide Holdings, is given in memory of Charles H. Glasier, a leader in the industry, a strong supporter of safety, a former CGA chairman (1980), and an active participant in the CGA for more than 40 years.

This award was created in 1994 and is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their safety leadership in the industrial gas industry. The award was this year presented to John K. Willenbrock of Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.

The Chart Industries Distinguished Service Award, created in 1996 and sponsored by Chart Industries, recognises significant and distinguished service to CGA and is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the character, commitment, and technical excellence prevalent in the volunteers from its member companies. The 2012 award was presented to Thomas G. Witte, of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

The Morris Gold Award (Canada) is presented periodically to recognise the outstanding contributions made by an individual through leadership and participation in CGA Canada and the compressed gas industry. The award was established in 2001 and was this year presented to Jean-Pierre Dumoulin, of Air Liquide Canada Inc.

Several winners from the Environmental Recognition Awards
were announced, given for the following projects:

· Air Liquide USA, LLC – Boiler Blowdown Recovery – Waste Water Reuse, Bayou CoGen, Pasadena, Texas

· Linde LLC – LNG Powered Tractors: Ed Windsor, Charles Padgett, Jim Goetter, Carl Ditchley, Pat Clarkson, Ray Noble, Hugh McLarnon, Eric Serensis

· Praxair, Inc. – Praxair Asset Recovery Program: Rolando Magni, Christi Roorda, Glynn Barrett

A range of other awards were presented, as well as the one-time 100th Anniversary – Special Awards, which included the CGA Board of Directors Service Award, CGA Standards Council Service Award, CGA Committee Member Service Award, CGA Harmonization Support Award, CGA Membership Impact Award, and the International Harmonization Leadership Award.

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